How Do I Become a Historian?

Studying history fascinates many people. By obtaining a master’s degree in history or a doctoral degree in history, you can definitely get trained to become a historian. The general perception among people is that a historian can only become a professor at a college or a university. The fact, however, is that there are multiple job opportunities waiting for historians. So, if you have a strong passion for studying history and letting the world know about your discoveries, becoming a historian is just the right career option for you. What’s more important is to make sure that you do have a sustained interest in history because you will need to study for many years.

What Does a Historian Do?
The main job responsibility of historians is to study the recent as well as the distant past, conduct researches and retell the stories and events to the world. It really provides a lot of satisfaction when you present your discoveries to the world and let them know interesting facts about the past. These discoveries do not only provide a deep insight into the events of the past, but they also help us to assess the future. Based on historical events, historians derive conclusions and then they can prove or dismiss a thesis.

What Job Titles Do Historians Hold?
It is widely believed that historians can only take up teaching positions at universities and colleges. However, there are multiple other job positions that trained and well educated historians can take. The work of a historian falls under the social sciences category. If you are equipped with the skills needed to become a historian, you are ready to acquire the following job positions.

Data Historian
Author/ Writer
University Professor
Secondary Teacher

What Education Do I Need to Become a Historian?
Though entry level job positions can be landed with a bachelor’s degree in history, a master’s or a doctoral degree is required to join at senior level positions. Even as a high school student aspiring to be a historian, you need to focus on subjects like social science and language. Before you decide to get enrolled at a college, it is essential to make sure that the institution is equipped with a topnotch history department. To become a college professor, candidates need to possess a Ph.D.

Where Can I Find Jobs?
Besides landing jobs at universities and colleges, historians can also join at museums, libraries, government agencies, drug companies, military and other organizations where historical data is required for functioning and making decisions. With relevant experience and expertise, you can also choose to become a writer or an author and establish your expertise in the field.

How Much Salary Do I Earn?
The salary of historians depends on the years of experience they carry. A historian’s salary in the United States ranges between $30,000 and $80,000. Those with an experience of 1-5 years will earn an annual salary between $30,000 and $40,000. Professionals carrying a working experience of 5-20 years will fetch a salary ranging between $40,000 and $60,000 annually. With growing experience and skills, the annual salary of a historian can go up to $80,000.


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